Institute of Education

IoE_logoThe Institute of Education (IOE) is the UK’s premier institution for the education and training of teachers and for the conduct of educational research. That reputation has been gained and sustained over a period of 100 years. The IOE’s international reach extends to some 100
countries. Our research, consultancy and collaborative partnerships bring us into contact with governments, international and national agencies, institutions and organisations in every continent.

For the purposes of this project the Institute will be represented by one of its departments, the National Research and Development Centre for adult literacy and numeracy (NRDC), which will act as the partnership coordinator on this project. NRDC was established in 2002 by the UK government as part of the Skills for Life strategy (the national strategy for improving adult literacy and numeracy skills in England and Wales), to create a strong evidence base for the future with close links to practice and policy. NRDC has an international reputation, undertaking research and development activity for a wide range of funders. Over the past 10 years NRDC has built a powerful evidence base that engages with and is used extensively by practitioner and policy communities. The proposed study builds on several projects on family literacy undertaken by NRDC.

NRDC has worked with partners in the UK, EU and beyond to generate knowledge about adult learning and use that to inform policy and improve practice. It provides development and research expertise to a range of funders via a strong staff team with extensive skills and experience in the lifelong learning sector. NRDC has proven expertise in the field of teacher training for basic skills teachers having been central to the development and implementation of accredited national teacher qualifications as part of the Skills for Life strategy.

Family literacy is an area in which NRDC has carried out significant work in recent years building up expertise and establishing a strong reputation in the field. NRDC has lead qualitative and quantitative research into the impact of family literacy, provision for national and trans-national funders. This has involved working closely with learners, practitioners, providers, funders and other researchers to describe and conceptualise family literacy programmes.